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Actinic Keratosis

Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology -  - Dermatologist

Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Tampa, FL & Riverview, FL

You may enjoy the look of your sun-kissed skin, but too much sun can lead to various skin concerns, such as actinic keratosis, that cause the development of rough patches of skin. Without proper care, actinic keratosis may lead to skin cancer. Robert A. Norman, DO, MPH, MBA, and his team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology, with offices in Riverview and Tampa, Florida, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of actinic keratosis and can provide the care you need to minimize your risks. For a consultation, call the office nearest you today or request an appointment online.

Actinic Keratosis Q & A

What is actinic keratosis?

Also known as solar keratosis, actinic keratosis is a skin condition that causes the development of rough patches on the areas of your skin that get the most sun exposure. The skin patches are most often found on the face, lips, ears, hands, scalp, neck, and forearms.

The skin condition develops from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. You may be more at risk of developing actinic keratosis if you live in a sunny area, have a history of frequent sun exposure or sunburn, or have red or blond hair and light-colored eyes.

What are the symptoms of actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis can take years to develop and may first appear around age 40. Symptoms include:

  • A small patch of rough, dry skin
  • Flat or raised bump
  • Patches of skin that are pink or red in color
  • Itching or burning at the site of the patchy skin

In some instances, your actinic keratosis may look more wart-like, which may affect your ability to get the correct diagnosis.

How is actinic keratosis diagnosed?

The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology performs comprehensive examinations to determine the underlying cause of your skin condition. During your examination, your specialist reviews your medical history and evaluates your skin and should be able to formulate a diagnosis through observation. If there’s doubt about what the skin growth may be, you may need a skin biopsy.

While not all actinic keratosis develops into skin cancer, it’s important to have your skin growths evaluated by the specialists to minimize risk and future health issues.

What are the treatments for actinic keratosis?

The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology treats your actinic keratosis by removing the skin growths. The best treatment for you may depend on the severity of your case. If you have several actinic keratosis growths, your specialist may recommend a topical agent that you apply to the affected area. These medications work by helping to slough off the growth.

The team at Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology may also suggest surgical removal, such as cryotherapy (freezing) or curettage (scraping), of your actinic keratosis.

For the management of all your skin concerns from a competent and experienced team, contact Dr. Robert A. Norman Dermatology by phone or online today.

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